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Jesus le MOMO

By • Jul 29th, 2012 • Category: Fringe, Reviews
Jesus le MOMO
JR Foley & Hilary Kacser, with Michael Kelly
Fort Fringe – Bedroom (610 L St NW DC)
Through July 28th
50 minutes
Reviewed July 21st, 2012

Jesus le MOMO written by JR Foley and directed by Adi Stein, is a mind teaser for those of you seeking to tinker with the ‘ole noggin. This mind-bending story of a priest (Tyrler Budde) and his covenant that are suddenly visited by a tormented spirit Le MOMO, played by Liz Salamon.

The show has a great usage of the limited space it has, and in spite of that it creates a fantastic atmosphere that envelops you into the story. Sound and lighting designed by Elliot James create the perfect over all experience to the show, with each element carefully taken to match the flow of the show. And that goes as well for the ensemble, each one of them working in unity without ever loosing a beat. They work perfectly in unison making them a perfectly well oiled machine.

Liz Salmon’s performance as Le MOMO, a male French apparition, is absolutely brilliant, during the whole show she never ceases to believe her character and the drive it demands, especially when she’s throwing her temper tantrums. There were however, instances in the show that she was bit quiet.

Le MOMO makes you think, above anything else about the philosophical inquiries of this twisted dark comedy. If you are familiar at all with playwright Antonin Artaud you’ll notice a recurring theme, never underestimate the power of delusion. To someone whose dreams and illusions were as real as reality itself, Jesus Le MOMO never stops pursuing that same twisted philosophy.

Disclaimer: Capital Fringe provided one complimentary media ticket to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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  1. Rodrigo:

    I just saw this on a friend’s Facebook page on Sept. 8. Though the show is long over now, I thank you very much for an enthusiastic and especially perceptive review of my “Jesus le Momo” and the incredible cast & crew who gave it life. What is really incredible is that you say it all in so few words! My favorite line is “To someone whose dreams and illusions were as real as reality itself” — which says Antonin Artaud better in so many words than anyone else who’s written about him that I have read. Our last 3 shows got bigger and bigger audiences, and I’m sure your review helped to draw them in. Once again, thanks very much!

    Jack Foley